Rhodes town is impressive by day – but at night it's truly special. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded as a defensive fortification by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th century. You'll be introduced to the meandering streets of the Old Town, just as all the lights of the shops and the bars are lighting up. After 90 minutes learning all about this wonderful spot from your guide, you'll be brought to a taverna for a leisurely meze dinner. Walk off your dinner with a stroll to Mandraki Harbour where, weather-permitting, you'll enjoy a night-time cruise around the bay.
Discover the ancient history of Rhodes on a hop-on hop-off tour with the Red Bus and explore its ancient sites and top attractions.
The sheltered waters off eastern Rhodes boast some of the island's most scenic coastline. Your adventure kicks off as you push out from shore and your local skipper sails around some of the highlights along Rhodes' east coast. Visiting hidden bays and long stretches of pebbly beach, you'll take in the dramatic, rocky coastline as you travel. Cool off in the waters before jumping back on-board and heading to your next stop. And after all that swimming, you'll have worked up an appetite just in time for lunch. Then sleep it off with a siesta in the sun as you bob gently back to port.
Each of the Dodecanese Islands offers a distinctly different experience – and Symi is one of the most culturally rich of them all. Glide across the Aegean to Symi. The first stop is in the southwest, at the vast Panormitis Monastery. It is famed for its Byzantine frescoes and location right on the water's edge. Next, you'll sail for Symi town itself. The arrival into the harbour is a joy to behold – tiers of pastel-coloured houses pack the surrounding hillsides. You'll then go on a guided tour of Symi town. And during the sponge maker visit, you'll learn about island's sponge diving heritage.
Rhodes town is a capital ripe for exploring on foot. And with hassle-free transport to and from, you'll have plenty of time to tour all the best bits. Stroll the medieval Knights Quarter and feel the history amongst the old city walls. Or hit the high street for some last minute shopping in the designer boutiques. Fancy a coffee on the harbour, or a saunter down the seafront? Explore at your own pace on this stress free day.
Lindos was an important and prosperous city in ancient Greece. Take some time to explore the narrow, cobbled streets with the help of your guide. Spot dinky chapels and admire gleaming Orthodox churches. Such was the importance of Rhodes and Lindos throughout the centuries, that the Knights of St John erected the medieval fortress walls in the 13th century – protecting the treasures of the ancient Acropolis within them. If you want, you can choose to enter the archaeological site. If you do so, the tablet will really bring the Acropolis's treasures to life for you.
A day that combines relaxation with exploration. You'll sail along the east coast to the whitewashed village of Lindos. The fun begins with a leisurely cruise from north to south, passing beaches, coves, headlands and resorts. There's time to sit back and soak up the sun on deck, before arriving in Lindos which is all yours to explore as you wish. A captivating mix of classical and medieval structures, you can shop for souvenirs in the winding alleys, have lunch on a rooftop terrace or set out to explore – it's completely up to you. We'll then depart from Lindos and enjoy a gentle ride back towards harbour.
On this day of discovery, you'll explore the rustic villages of inland Rhodes and sample some of the island's favourite dishes. The fun starts in Asklipio, built around an ancient castle and an 11th-century church. Next up is Siana, where you'll get a snapshot of traditional life in the rugged hills away from the coast. After you've tried some locally pressed olive oil at a nearby mill, it's time for a wine tasting in Embona. And then we are off to Apollona for a Rhodian lunch. In the afternoon, there's a pit stop for coffee in Profitis Ilias en route to the Byzantine chapel of Agios Nikolaos in Fountoukli.
Rhodes's rugged inland was made for discovering on a 4x4. And this off-road adventure takes you to all those hard-to-reach spots. Rumble through dark and dense woodlands, chug up hills and zoom past neat pasturelands. An adrenaline-pumping experience that'll inject some thrills into your holiday.After pick-up at your hotel, we'll head to meet your driver-guide. Following the safety briefing, it's time to give it some welly. Taking in the remote and underpopulated south of Rhodes, you'll get to see parts of the island that don't make the pages of travel guides as we weave through the rolling countryside.This rip-roaring odyssey is a day full of off-road exploration, fun and adventure. There'll be free time to grab a bite to eat during one of the stops.
There are many ways to experience Rhodes, but if you're hankering after some adventure, then this sea kayaking tour is just for you. You'll embark on a five- to seven-mile trip along the east coast, taking in the scenery, caves and swimming opportunities in water you can see through.You'll be picked up and taken to the beach where your sea kayaking adventure will begin. You'll strike out in either Agathi Bay or Haraki Bay with a guide, who will take you out to sea and some scenic spots. You'll row past the beaches, all while being able to look straight down into the seabed, and then head off in search of some caves to explore.After a quick bite to eat, you'll have free time to visit the caves and swim to your heart's content. By the end, you'll have covered between five and seven miles and seen the east coast from a whole new perspective.
The clear seas surrounding Rhodes are ideal for scuba diving. Explore the rich maritime life and underwater rock formations on either full day or half-day guided dives at different locations. With fully certified instructors all across the island, you'll soon be on slipping on a wetsuit, tank and mask, ready for your undersea safari.
This half-day tour shines the spotlight on northern Rhodes. You'll begin the day at Kallithea Springs, known for their therapeutic properties. Learn all about their importance throughout history from your guide, then enjoy some free time before setting off towards Rhodes Town for the next part of the tour. During the bus ride, you'll see Rhodes Town both old and new, passing by Monte Smith – the acropolis of Rhodes – Evangelismos Church and Mandraki Harbour. Once you arrive into the medieval centre, you'll set off on foot to find out about knights from centuries past and to marvel at historic monuments.
Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. But first you need to be fully trained in all the skills you need to become a TUI Pirate. You'll join our crew in search of the booty, and along the way everyone will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the pirate team on the boat. There'll be lots of fun activities for everyone to join in on. For our little pirate crew, there'll be face painting and lots of pirate-themed games to play and for the older pirate crew, there'll be some pirate challenges to join in with.
Sometimes not having an agenda to stick to is all part of the enjoyment, and this full day cruise along the coast of Rhodes features nothing more than sitting back and watching the scenery unfold. And because it's reserved exclusively for adults, the atmosphere is laid-back and all about kicking off your shoes for the day.Once you're on board at Kolymbia, we'll cast off and bob past stunning beaches and dramatic mountain landscapes that dip into the sea – all while you work on your tan. Along the way, there'll be swimming stops at Agathi and St Pauls, as well as a photo stop in Lindos.Then lose yourself in a book or snooze in the sunshine as the sea breeze keeps you cool. Fresh food and drinks are served on board at Stegna beach where we'll moor up to swim, but you won't need to move very far if you don't feel like it. There's one last chance to take a dip at Tsambica beach before we cruise back to where we started.
Going deep into the sea with a tank on your back can be a daunting experience. But there's still a way to discover the rich habitats below the waves by snorkelling. After pick-up from your hotel, you'll head to the selected location of your activity, which depends on where you're staying. From the north, you'll sail out into the Aegean. Either relax on board or jump into the sea to swim or snorkel. From the south, you'll head to a specially chosen beach. Snorkel close to the shore and explore the magic of the underwater world. And if you don't feel like snorkelling, you can still come along and watch your friends or family take part.
If you're looking to satisfy your taste buds while delving into the world of Rhodes' food and wine, this adult-only tour is just for you. You'll begin the day at the only bee museum in Greece where a tour will be followed up with tastings and a presentation on honey production in Rhodes. Then, you'll visit the family-run Triantafillou winery for a look around the vineyards and a tasting of local wines. Head into the kitchen for a cookery class and learn how to rustle up some typical dishes you'll later enjoy for lunch – with wine, of course. And to finish, you'll make your way to the souma and tsipouro distillery for a tasting of spirits.
One of the most magical places in Rhodes, Seven Springs is a natural oasis of cool woodlands and a lake, where you can escape the heat of the sun. You'll firstly discover Rhodes's oasis, Seven Springs. You can walk along one of the wooded trails and wade through the tunnel to the lake at the end of it. We'll then transfer you to Tsambika beach, a long stretch of golden sand washed by the Med and hemmed in by two headlands. The calm and shallow water makes it ideal for families to paddle, swim and have fun. You can use your discounted sunlounger in the reserved TUI area.
You'll see the best of Lindos on land and under the waves from the Hippo submarine. As you glide around the Acropolis of Lindos, the Tomb of Cleobulus and Lion Head Cove, you'll be caught between two minds: on deck or the underwater viewing platform 1.5m below the water line. What's, there's a stop in Navarone Bay to feed the fish and enjoy a well-deserved swim.
With its sleepy villages, deserted pine-clad mountain trails and well-preserved classical ruins, western Rhodes is the perfect place to soak up the island's history and culture. Firstly, you'll travel back through the centuries at ancient Kamiros. The adjacent Agora and Acropolis will give you a real sense of how the residents went about their daily lives in the fifth century BC. Next up is Embona – the highest village in Rhodes – where you'll have free time for lunch. After a wine tasting, continue to Siana, a mountain-side settlement, then coastal Gennadi for a coffee and an insight into local life.
Full of sleepy villages, pine-clad mountains and age-old ruins, western Rhodes has a rugged beauty all of its own. This tour ticks off some of the top picks. You'll visit the ancient city of Kamiros, the mountain villages of Embona, Siana and Gennadi and Butterfly Valley – a natural park home to hundreds of Callimorpha butterflies.First up is Butterfly Valley – a natural park home to hundreds of the friendly, fluttering creatures. Wander along shaded wooden walkways and listen to pristine pools of trickling water as you observe the colourful insects all around – stay still and one may even land on you.Next, you'll travel back in time at ancient Kamiros. The well-preserved streets and remains of the agora and acropolis will give you a sense of how the residents went about their daily lives in the 5th century BC. You'll also have free time for lunch in Embona – the highest village in Rhodes – visit the mountain-side settlement of Siana and stop for coffee in Gennadi.